A Jefferson County man who has been confined to a hospital bed in Africa for months, is finally coming home. Jason Denis and his wife traveled to Botswana in October, but while there Jason accidentally overdosed an a prescription medicine which left him in a semi-comatose state. He's been in a hospital in the city of Gaborone since then, but there are no neurologists there to do a proper evaluation and determine how to treat him. He needs to get back to the U.S. to see a specialist but because of his condition he can't fly on a commercial airliner. Doctors say Jason needs to fly on an air ambulance, but it's been estimated the flight would cost $150,000. That's more than his family could afford.
Jason's family contacted News Four to say, thanks to donations and loans, they've been able to raise enough money to fly Jason home. He's scheduled to arrive on a chartered air ambulance plane at 9 am, Monday at Spirit of St. Louis Airport. Jason's family is very grateful for the donations and efforts to find a way to get him home and are anxious to see him. After arriving Monday morning, Jason will be taken by ambulance to St. Johns Mercy Medical Center.